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Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Page: 4466

Senator JOHNSTON (4:07 PM) —May I also support and adopt all of the speakers’ comments with respect to Ted Kenna. I particularly adopt the sentiments of Senator Faulkner and my leader, Senator Minchin. Ted Kenna served in the Citizen Military Forces prior to enlisting in the AIF. He came to our service as a soldier at our most desperate of times. I think we should pause to remember that it was in the dark days of 1941-42 that men like Ted Kenna delivered us to the bounty we have today.

All Australians honour his passing. His extraordinary courage and his legacy and dedication will never be forgotten. His legacy and valour was an inspiration and continues to be an inspiration to us all. His actions while serving in New Guinea epitomise the characteristics all soldiers strive for: bravery, loyalty and determination. Our thoughts and prayers are of course with Ted’s family at this time.

Question agreed to, honourable senators standing in their places.